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01 December - Australian History quickies (part 1)

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:01 pm

Today in Australian History
1st December


3 of 9 major events in Australian history today
  • 1811 – During a tour of Van Diemen's Land, Governor Macquarie gave directions for the layout of Hobart.

    On a visit of inspection
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    to the settlement of Hobart Town on the Derwent River in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) in November 1811,

    Governor Macquarie was appalled at the ramshackle arrangement of the town and ordered the government surveyor James Meehan to survey a regular street layout.

    This survey determined the form of the current centre of the city of Hobart.

  • 1820 – Campbelltown, New South Wales is established.

    Campbelltown is a suburb
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    and is located 50 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre for the local government area of the City of Campbelltown.

    Campbelltown gets its name from Elizabeth Campbell, the wife of former Governor of New South Wales Lachlan Macquarie.

    Originally called Campbell-Town,
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    the name was later simplified to the current Campbelltown.

    Not long after the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney in 1788, a small herd of six cattle escaped and weren't seen again by the British settlers for seven years.

    In 1795, the herd of around 60 cattle were found grazing in the area now known as Camden just outside Campbelltown.

  • 1838 – The first annual Royal Hobart Regatta is held and is Tasmania's oldest sporting event.

    The regatta runs for three
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    days, ending on the second Monday in February, and dominates the whole river for the duration of the event.

    It was begun by the then Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin. Franklin provided free food and beer for all of the spectators, and the tradition of free entry continues to this day.

    The Monday was
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    declared as a public holiday by the governor, and is now the oldest public holiday still continuing in Australia.

    The events includes sailing, rowing, open water swimming, wood chopping, jet ski racing, dragon boat racing, a tug of war and a trans-Derwent swim across the 1.6 km width of the river.
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